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Our Work

Created in 2014, the Greater Portland Workforce Initiative (GPWI) is a collective impact collaborative that builds on the existing work and experience of community organizations and connects with the public workforce system to create a dual-customer pipeline aligning with the needs of jobseekers and employers.  To achieve this, the GPWI identifies sector-specific opportunities for sustainable employment, engages employers for input into the core and occupational skills required for increased employment of jobseekers with barriers to employment, provides individuals with barriers the skills and supports necessary to enter into the identified pathways, and provides employers with access to qualified jobseekers. 

The GPWI Stakeholders craft “bridges” to address the workforce challenges identified through careful review of labor market information and employer feedback, client/jobseeker surveys, partner agencies’ institutional knowledge, and existing and potential workforce service and training grant funding in Greater Portland.

Bridge to CDA (Child Development Associate) and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Program 

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Greater Portland Workforce Initiative
Portland, ME 04101